Date of Award
Master of Arts
Journalists and journalism have always been popular vehicles for storytelling in comic books, as they are in other pop culture media. The more than 70 years of comic books in America have provided thousands of fictional journalists, especially in the superhero genre. Primary among these are the staffs of the Daily Planet at DCComics and the Daily Bugle at Marvel Comics. This content analysis -- utilizing hundreds of the original texts but also historical research and a questionnaire to significant creators -- shines a spotlight on a quantum shift in the depiction of journalists in comics. Until the introduction of Daily Bugle publisher/editor J. Jonah Jameson in 1963, the altruism of the Daily Planet was the model for journalism in comic books. Afterward, the morally compromised and ethically confused Daily Bugle was more often the standard-bearer. As a result, today's comics feature journalists as heroes, villains, and everything in between.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Smith, Andrew Alan, ""Daily Planet" vs. "Daily Bugle": The Changing Depiction of Journalism in American Comic Books" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 139.